American Canoe Association – Whitewater Open Canoe Downriver

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Rule Changes

The following rule changes to the WWOCD RULES was approved by the WWOCD Committee in April 2011:

ARTICLE VII: as it is written in the Rules modified March 2010

Article VII: CLASSES OF COMPETITION

Championship WWOCD awards shall be presented to at least 3 places, or to at least one half of the competitors of the class (rounded up), whichever is smaller; except that a competitor must finish within 120% of the fastest time of the day in order to be eligible for an award. There will be Overall Winner’s Awards given to the fastest OC-1 and OC-2 of any age and gender in both Formula 14 and Formula 16 categories. No other awards will be used as official WWOCD Awards for National Competition.

1. The following age classes are defined: The following age classes are defined for both sexes, with age being determined by the competitor’s age as of the first day of the National Championships. A competitor must enter in his or her appropriate age class. No competitor may be under 10 years of age.

a.) 10-12 b.) 13-15 c.) 16-18 d.) 19-39 e.) 40-54 f.) 55-up

Classes shall not be combined.

2. Downriver Race and Sprint Race classes:

OC-2 Classes: (Male & Female & Mixed) OC-1 Classes: (Male & Female)

16%: (10-12)* 16% (10-12)*

(13-15)* (13-15)*

(10-16/25)** (16-18)

14% & 16%: (16-18) 14% & 16%: (19-39)

(19-39) (40-54)

(40-54) (55-UP)

(55-UP)

The OC-2 age classes shall be determined by the age of the younger of the two paddlers in age groups d.) through f.). Any one >19 years old paddling with a partner in age class c.) shall compete in the 19-39 age class.

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* These classes will be contested only if a less difficult course is available for these younger competitors.

** This class is made up of competitors from ages (10-16) and a competitor who is 25 years of age or older. This class will compete on the longer more difficult course.

3. A paddler may race in the same class for both the Formula 14 and the Formula 16 categories at the same Nationals or Divisional event, if the race venue and schedule allow. No paddler may race twice in the same class and thereby compete against herself/himself, except that the 25-up member in the 10-16/25-up class may race more than once, with a different partner in each race if the schedule and venue allow (up to a maximum of 4 total races each day)

4. Special classes may be formed at the discretion of the organizers of non-championship races when demand for them is sufficient.

5. New classes may be formed as follows: A WWOCD Committee member submits a request for a new class to the WWOCD Chairman by September 1. The request consists of the definition and motivation for the class followed by endorsing signatures of five other ACA members. If the proposal is approved by the National WWOC Committee, the class becomes a trial class for the next two Nationals (and, optionally, Divisionals). WWOCD Championship awards will not be presented for trial classes, but other awards should be arranged by the race committee. If 5 or more boats race the trial class in each of the two trial years, the class then becomes permanent.

6. Any class trial or permanent in which 5 boats have not raced for each of 2 consecutive years may be dropped as a class for subsequent years by a vote of the National WWOCD Committee in November.

ARTICLE VII: changes approved by the WWOCD Committee in April 2011

Article VII: CLASSES OF COMPETITION

1. Championship WWOCD awards shall be presented to at least 3 places, unless there are fewer than 3 competitors, in which case all competitors would receive awards. or to at least one half of the competitors of the class (rounded up), whichever is smaller; except that a competitor must finish within 120% of the fastest time of the day in order to be eligible for an award. There will be Overall Winner’s Awards given to the fastest OC-1 and OC-2 of any age and gender in both Formula 14 and Formula 16 categories. No other awards will be used as official WWOCD Awards for National Competition.

2. Unofficial awards may be approved by the National WWOCD Committee for each Nationals upon negotiation with the host organization, with award proposals originating from either the Host or the Committee. Guidelines for awards are as follows:

  1. Unofficial awards are provided by a sponsoring organization, which may be different from WWOCD and the race host.
  2. The sponsoring organization is responsible for the cost of the award, and perhaps delivering it.
  3. There must be clearly understood criteria for winning the award.
  4. If an award winner takes home a traveling award, then that competitor is obligated to return it to the next national event in the same condition as it was received. If the award winner does not take the award home, then the sponsoring organization will preserve it until the Nationals when it is next offered.
  5. In the history of WWOCD racing, unofficial awards given have included youngest paddler, outstanding sportsmanship, the fastest F14 paddler over 39, and the fastest OC-2 team.

3. The following age classes are defined: The following age classes are defined for both sexes, with age being determined by the competitor’s age as of the first day of the National Championships. A competitor must enter in his or her appropriate age class. No competitor may be under 10 years of age.

a.) 10-12 b.) 13-15 c.) 16-18 d.) 19-39 e.) 40-54 f.) 55-up

Classes shall not be combined.

4. Downriver Race and Sprint Race classes:

OC-2 Classes: (Male & Female & Mixed) OC-1 Classes: (Male & Female)

16%: (10-12)* 16% (10-12)*

(13-15)* (13-15)*

(10-16/25)** (16-18)

14% & 16%: (16-18) 14% & 16%: (19-39)

(19-39) (40-54)

(40-54) (55-UP)

(55-UP)

The OC-2 age classes shall be determined by the age of the younger of the two paddlers in age groups d.) through f.). Any one >19 years old paddling with a partner in age class c.) shall compete in the 19-39 age class.

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* These classes will be contested only if a less difficult course is available for these younger competitors.

** This class is made up of competitors from ages (10-16) and a competitor who is 25 years of age or older. This class will compete on the longer more difficult course.

5. A paddler may race in the same class for both the Formula 14 and the Formula 16 categories at the same Nationals or Divisional event, if the race venue and schedule allow. No paddler may race twice in the same class and thereby compete against herself/himself, except that the 25-up member in the 10-16/25-up class may race more than once, with a different partner in each race if the schedule and venue allow (up to a maximum of 4 total races each day)

6. Special classes may be formed at the discretion of the organizers of non-championship races when demand for them is sufficient.

7. New classes may be formed as follows: A WWOCD Committee member submits a request for a new class to the WWOCD Chairman by September 1. The request consists of the definition and motivation for the class followed by endorsing signatures of five other ACA members. If the proposal is approved by the National WWOC Committee, the class becomes a trial class for the next two Nationals (and, optionally, Divisional championships). WWOCD Championship awards will not be presented for trial classes, but other awards should be arranged by the race committee. If 5 or more boats race the trial class in each of the two trial years, the class then becomes permanent.

8. Any class trial or permanent in which 5 boats have not raced for each of 2 consecutive years may be dropped as a class for subsequent years by a vote of the National WWOCD Committee in November.